The conflict between India and China is now fueled up when China has deployed its strategic diesel submarine in the Indian Ocean. India and China is coming face to face since 1 months on the various fronts of the land borders share by both countries. Reports and visual evidence show that Chinese and Indian troops were also engaged in hand fights at the border. India is maintaining a very defensive posture with absolute deterrent behavior against this powerful enemy. The conflict starts when Chinese troops tried to build a Class 40 road in the Zompli area of Bhutan, Class 40 roads allow vehicle movement which weighs upto 40 tons. Chinese were planning to build this road to their military camps but Indian troops halted their work. Indian response was very much obvious because Bhutan always seeks help from India for its security.
Later to this event, there were several clashes between Indian and Chinese troops and the one event got special attention when it was recorded on camera. A few days back Indian and Chinese troops were engaged in the fight at Doak La, here Indian troops were trying to stop Chinese troops entering into Indian territory.
After these dramatic events at the land borders, now it seems China wants to take these war mongering activities into the sea. Indian satellites picked movement of Chinese submarine which was entering the Indian Ocean. The submarine was not alone according to the reports, the submarine was escorted by CNS Chongmingdao which is submarine support vessel of Chinese Navy. The issue raised concern for India because none of the Chinese ships have entered the Indian Ocean since 2013. Chinese Navy sailed in the Indian Ocean to join Anti-Piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden, a detailed report about this activity is already on the desk of South Block.
India is focusing on making its reconnaissance game stronger, Indian satellites are constantly watching and observing every activity in the Indian Ocean. Indian Satellites have picked up several Chinese vessels in the Indian Ocean including Luyang-III or the Kunming class stealth destroyers. The deployments of the warships are clearly an attempt of power projection far away from their area of interest but in the backyard of India. The Yann class submarine is reported as the first submarine tracked in the region in 2017. The submarine doesn’t seem like a headache for Indians but other spy ships deployed to understand the ocean conditions seems projects more threats to Indian defence.
Reports have confirmed that China has deployed various Hydrographic, Oceanographic vessels and spy ships in the Indian Ocean to map the seabed. Among all of them, one ship of name CNS Haiwngxing poses extreme dangers to Indian Navy’s assets. Chinese Naval Ship Haiwngxing, with hull code 856 is capable of conducting all-weather, round-the-clock reconnaissance on multiple and different targets,” the newspaper said, citing Chinese defense media as comparing it to sophisticated vessels only produced by countries with advanced militaries, such as the United States and Russia. China has 6 recon ships to keep eye on American and Japanese ships.
It is capable of honing on electronic signals which can be returned to China for analysis. New Delhi has been told that the spy ship is in the Indian Ocean region to monitor the annual trilateral India-US-Japan naval exercise- Malabar that starts on July 7. The same ship was used to spy on previous Indo-US Naval exercises.
Currently, there are no reports of Indian Navy’s response regarding this move of China but surely the Navy is up to something to counter the situation. Indian Navy is one of the strongest force on this planet and its anti-submarine capabilities become vigorously strong after the induction of P8i Poseidon.